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Villa ‘should sign Austin’

Aston Villa should ‘100 per cent’ bring in Charlie Austin to boost Dean Smith’s squad.

That’s according to Darren Bent who reckons the Southampton forward would help replace the goals lost by Tammy Abraham’s return to Chelsea.

The Saints are willing to listen to offers for Austin after signing Che Adams from Birmingham City and making Danny Ings’ loan from Liverpool permanent – and Villa are said to be among his admirers.

“Charlie Austin is a funny one because I like him as a centre-forward. He scores goals, you can’t take that away from him – injury prone, that’s the only thing,” former Villa man Bent told Football Insider.

“If you can keep Charlie fit for the whole season, if you can keep him consistently playing for 30 games this season he will score you 15 goals. Within 10 games he’ll score five or six goals and if Aston Villa can get him, then, by all means ‘yes’.

“If he’s going to be one that plays six games, miss the next 20, play the next five games and then he misses the next 10 there’s no point, he’s not helping you.

“If they can get him and he’s fit Charlie Austin, he’s going to be one of them Tammy Abraham’s they get themselves in positions to score goals and he’ll keep doing that. There are other aspects of his game where they’re maybe not up to scratch but he’s like me as a centre forward – I don’t really care, if I’m scoring goals then people can say what they like.

“For me Charlie Austin, he’s an out-and-out centre forward but you just worry about his injury history. If you can get him and keep him fit then 100 per cent I’d go and get him.”

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